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The September/October 2018 issue of Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine.

Our Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue! Guest edited by Dominik Parisen and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Nicolette Barischoff, S. Qioyi Lu, and Judith Tarr. Featuring new fiction by William Alexander, Rachel Swirsky, Jennifer Brozek, A.T. Greenblatt, A. Merc Rustad, Katharine Duckett, Nisi Shawl, Stu West, P.H. Lee, Fran Wilde, and Marissa Lingen, essays by Andi C. Buchanan, Fran Wilde, Zaynab Shahar, John Wiswell, A.J. Hackwith, Ira Gladkova, Gemma Noon, teri.zin, and Marieke Nijkamp, and poetry by Rita Chen, Rose Lemberg, Genevieve DeGuzman, Robin M. Eames, Sarah Gailey, Alicia Cole, Khairani Barokka, Bogi Takács, and Julia Watts Belser, interviews with Rachel Swirsky and Marissa Lingen by Sandra Odell, a cover by Likhain, and an editorial by Dominik Parisien and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry. 

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Sep 3, 2018
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380
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English
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Fiction / Fantasy / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / Collections & Anthologies
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“A delightful and courageous tale and a romping good read. Voila!” —Mark Greenside, author of I’ll Never Be French (No Matter What I Do)

William Alexander is more than a Francophile. He wants to be French. There’s one small obstacle though: he doesn’t speak la langue française. In Flirting with French, Alexander sets out to conquer the language he loves. But will it love him back?

Alexander eats, breathes, and sleeps French (even conjugating in his dreams). He travels to France, where mistranslations send him bicycling off in all sorts of wrong directions, and he nearly drowns in an immersion class in Provence, where, faced with the riddle of masculine breasts, feminine beards, and a turkey cutlet of uncertain gender, he starts to wonder whether he should’ve taken up golf instead of French. While playing hooky from grammar lessons and memory techniques, Alexander reports on the riotous workings of the Académie française, the four-hundred-year-old institution charged with keeping the language pure; explores the science of human communication, learning why it’s harder for fifty-year-olds to learn a second language than it is for five-year-olds; and, frustrated with his progress, explores an IBM research lab, where he trades barbs with a futuristic hand-held translator.

Does he succeed in becoming fluent? Readers will be as surprised as Alexander is to discover that, in a fascinating twist, studying French may have had a far greater impact on his life than actually learning to speak it ever would.

“A blend of passion and neuroscience, this literary love affair offers surprise insights into the human brain and the benefits of learning a second language. Reading William Alexander’s book is akin to having an MRI of the soul.” —Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of Sleeping Arrangements
 
“Alexander proves that learning a new language is an adventure of its own--with all the unexpected obstacles, surprising breakthroughs and moments of sublime pleasure traveling brings.” —Julie Barlow, author of Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong  
After the dust settles, the City of living bones begins to die, and more trouble brews beneath the clouds in the companion to Updraft.

"A thrilling and complex tale about the most difficult stage of a revolution: what do you do after you win? Highly recommended both for the story it tells as well as how it tells that story. Wilde takes risks that pay off hugely.” —Ken Liu, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Grace of Kings

The Towers in disarray, without a governing body or any defense against the dangers lurking in the clouds, and daily life is full of terror and strife. Nat Densira, the wing-brother to Kirit (Skyshouter, Spirebreaker, no-longer-of-Densira) sets out to be a hero in his own way—sitting on the new Council to cast votes protecting Tower-born, and exploring lower tiers to find more materials to repair the struggling City.

But what he finds down-tier is more secrets—and now Nat will have to decide who to trust, and how to trust himself without losing those he holds most dear, before a dangerous myth raises a surprisingly realistic threat to the crippled City, in Cloudbound.

"I long to know more about the world and where Wilde's imagination will soar next. In the meantime it's all I can do to slow-clap this powerfully engaging debut: Wilde's world and characters—as is entirely appropriate—blew me away." —NPR on Updraft

Bone Universe
1) Updraft
2) Cloudbound
3) Horizon (September 2017)

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